National Wildlife Photo Contest

Welcome to the 47th annual National Wildlife Photo Contest

The National Wildlife® Photo Contest, which began more than four decades ago, celebrates the power of photography to advance conservation and connect both photographers and viewers with wildlife and the outdoors. The most compelling nature images can help protect wildlife in profound ways. Please register or login to enter and share your work.

This year’s contest has seven different categories:

  • Baby Animals: Portraits and behavior of young animals of any species
  • Backyard Habitats: Wild creatures, native plants and natural settings in backyards
  • Birds: Portraits and behavior
  • Landscapes and Plants: Scenic views and native plants in wild settings
  • Mammals: Portraits and behavior
  • Other Wildlife: Portraits and behavior (includes underwater life, reptiles, amphibians, insects, spiders and more)
  • People in Nature: People enjoying the outdoors or connecting with nature and wildlife

Entry Fee: Enter up to ten photos for $20. No limit to the total number of images. Your fee helps support the National Wildlife Federation's work to protect wildlife and wild places

Grand Prize: $5,000

First Place: $500 for the winner in each category

Second Place: $250 for the winner in each category

Honorable Mentions: Each will receive a National Wildlife Federation calendar

Consider donating: The National Wildlife Federation greatly appreciates when photographers choose to donate some of their images. These donations help support our mission to protect wildlife and habitats. Photographers will always retain ownership and rights to their images. We encourage you to consider donating some of your images to the National Wildlife Federation to help us save the world’s treasured wildlife species and their habitats. See more information about donating your photos in the Rules section.


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